Northern Lights Festival Boréal, taking place July 5 – 8 in Bell Park, will feature a diverse lineup of performers ranging from Canadian legends to the undiscovered masters, from tradition to innovation.
“What makes Northern Lights unique is the combination of respected, household names, with exciting new discoveries from all over the world,” says Max Merrifield, executive/artistic director.
NLFB 2018 is thrilled to announce that Arkells are set to kick off the weekend as the Thursday
night headliner. Since the release of their latest album, Morning Report, the JUNO Award
winners have made their debut at some of the biggest marquee festivals. Their most recent hit single, Knocking At The Door, spent an unprecedented 14 weeks at #1 on the Canadian Alt/Rock charts, making it the most
played alt/rock song of 2017, and Arkells the most played band of the year. This spring Arkells
released People’s Champ, an upbeat, horn-infused, politically-charged anthem written to the
current social climate. Their show is expected to one of the most high energy performances of the weekend
A family affair: Bill & Joel Plaskett will headline Sunday, July 8. Multiple JUNO Award winning songwriter and festival favourite, Joel Plaskett, is returning to the festival stage for the first time since 2012. He will be sharing the spotlight with his earliest musical influence- his father, Bill Plaskett. Bill played in an old time band called Starb’ard Side and helped found the Lunenburg Folk Festival. Together, the father-son duo released Solidarity (2017).
Canada has long been a breeding ground for the some of the world’s coolest music and Northern
Lights is always excited to express and celebrate this diverse musical playground through the
Julie & The Wrong Guys are an exciting addition to the lineup, combining two
household names in Canadian indie music. The band is an unlikely union of Juno award-winning
songwriter Julie Doiron and members of Toronto’s metal/hardcore heavyweights Cancer Bats.
Julie & The Wrong Guys have found a distinctly harmonized voice and have come out of the
woods with their self-titled album, considered one of the most exciting rock records of 2017.
Vancouver’s C.R. Avery is an award-winning poet, an inventive beatboxer, and a witty, infinitely
unique songwriter, combining spoken word, blues, rock n’ roll, folk, hip-hop, and beyond. Avery
has toured ruthlessly throughout North America, Europe, and Australia with his rock & roll punk
ensembles, hip-hop circuses with 12-bar blues high kicks, and his infamous string quartets and
Making waves in Montreal, Canailles have established themselves as wild
weavers of North American roots, giving a gritty and joyous edge to gospel, blues, cajun and
other old-time traditions. Their third opus, Backflips, was released in the spring of 2017, and is
filled with hymns to sweet-talking troublemakers and upbeat numbers.
Guatemala to Nigeria to Sudbury and beyond.